Ten everyday facts about Woodgreen Community Shop

Fact #1:

The shop is laid out in the order that you (usually) take your meals everyday…breakfast, main meals and snacks, and finally the wine!



Fact #2:

Shares are available in the shop at £10 each and help to protect the future of the shop. So, if you have recently moved into the village, you can still have a stake in the shop. Ask at the counter for a registration form.

Fact #3:

There is a New Forest Information Point in the shop. So useful for finding out what is on and when, picking up a map of the area, or even tracking down those illusive tracks. (Into the shop, straight on and on your left by the Post Office!)

Fact #4:

You can pay in your cheques through the Post Office Counter with the added satisfaction of hearing those old fashioned clunk-clunk sounds as your envelope gets stamped.

Fact #5:

The wall hangings on the back wall depict the different foods that we sell, with the River Avon flowing along the middle, and the words Local and Food hidden amongst them. Can you spot them?

Felt banners on display in the shop

Fact #6:

Bin and Gone! Did you know that Uncle Ron is tireless in his pursuit of good quality, good value wines and has three that you should try. Chilean Manutara Carmenere from the Maule Valley. Plump & fruity! £2 off normal price so only £6.99 in the shop; Monsters’ Reisling from winemakers ‘Some Young Punks’ – Ron is still talking about his first taste – “nectar”. £9.99 which is a whopping £5 off the normal price; Fiano di Avellino from the heel of Italy. Lots of stone fruit flavours and texture. So much quality here for £9.99.

Fact #7:

This one might be called a lightbulb moment – the shop roof is covered in Photovoltaic cells, which were installed in 2011. The costs, including installation, was £25,000 75% of which was covered by grants. Monies received from ‘Feed in tariff’ for electricity generated for the grid averages £1750/£1800 per annum.

Fact #8:

There were 186 responses to our customer survey and these showed that 58% of our shoppers live in Woodgreen (its got a wood, and it’s green!) 11% in Breamore, 11% in Hale and 9% in Godshill/Godshill Wood. The word is spreading with an amazing 11% living further afield, including Hythe, Wimborne, New Milton, Burgate, Wellow, Frogham and Britford. We have become a “destination” shop. Here’s our Martine, sorting out the cards.

Fact #9:

The milk has moved! A new, disco-lit, chiller has arrived.

Fact #10:

We have more lines that Lidl or Aldi! Twice as many as Aldi. We have over 3,000 lines. SMALL but MIGHTY!!!